Scott W. Ambler and Mark Lines wrote their first book on DAD in 2012. As they set out to write Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working as its replacement and removing materials related to agile basics, they had the goal of making it smaller, and yet still ended up with over 400 pages. Disciplined Agile provides the scaffolding – a toolkit of agnostic advice – to choose your way of working (WoW). Disciplined Agile Delivery supports six different lifecycles, Agile (Scrum), Lean, Continuous Delivery Agile, Continuous Delivery: Agile, Continuous Delivery: Lean, Exploratory, and Program. It refers to established frameworks and methodologies like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, Lean, the Lean Start-Up, and project management according to PMI’s Project Management Book of Knowledge,
The handbook uses a process model to address many aspects of software development lifecycles in the broader context of enterprise awareness, governance, project and program management, and a desirable, functional, and feasible solution for the end-user or customer, including training & education, documentation, and communication. All the techniques and options are explained in tables, which makes the book less readable. Many aspects of testing strategies, information radiators, and deployment patterns are repeated in the course of the book. It’s the downside of offering options to choose from to tailor and evolve your own WoW instead of prescribing one like Scrum or SAFe.
About the authors
Scott W. Ambler is the Chief Scientist at Disciplined Agile Inc. He leads the evolution of the DA toolkit and working with organizations around the world to help them improve their way of working. Scott provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the team and organization levels. He is the co-author of several books. Scott blogs about DAD at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com and you can follow him on Twitter via @scottwambler.
Mark Lines is Managing Partner at Disciplined Agile Inc. and a Disciplined Agile Fellow. He is an Enterprise Agile Coach and co-creator of the DA toolkit. Mark is co-author of several books. He is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences and blogs about DAD at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com. Mark’s services include enterprise and team assessments, coaching, workshops, and training. You can follow him on Twitter via @mark_lines.